© Chuck Duboff
This will be a very clearly stated blog. You won’t have to ask, “what are you saying Chuck?” One fan expressing his opinion:
NHL referees have a very clear bias against the Winnipeg Jets. Period. End of Discussion.
In the past two weeks four goals have gone against the Jets in what were calls that should have gone the other way. Brendan Taniv scores a goal, but it is overruled…Ben Bishop had clearly put his stick into Mark Scheifele’s skates…but that doesn’t matter, does it Mr. Referee…it’s the Jets, so it can be overruled.
Last night Conner Hellebucyk has the puck in his glove, under control…Andrew Shaw hacks it out of his glove into the net and its a goal. Mr/ Referee remembers its the Jets, so, presto, it’s a goal for the sainted Montreal Canadians. Conner Hellebucyk post game:
On the winning goal for Montreal…Big Buff is clearly interfered with, which leaves Max Pacioretty all alone in front of the net for the winning goal. Even Jets head coach Paul Maurice, who refrains from saying things about referees, stated that that was clearly interference. But, its just the Winnipeg Jets, right Mr. Referee, against the lords of hockey…that has to go Montreal’s way, right?
Who can forget referee Francois St. Laurent clearly laughing on-mike after he had made a brutal call against the Winnipeg Jets…
“Late in the second period of a game between the Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning, played on 18 February 2016, Anton Stralman delivered a questionable hit to Bryan Little. St. Laurent and partner Dan O’Rourke did not issue penalties on the hit. (Blake Wheeler and Stralman would get penalties for roughing, while Stralman would not be suspended. Little ended up missing the rest of the regular season because of a T6 vertebrae fracture.) Upon hearing that there would be no further penalties towards Stralman, Jets coach Paul Maurice took exception to what he had heard from the referees. Based on his comments, the Jets would receive a bench minor.
Upon coming back to the bench for the start of the third period, Maurice would be sent back to the locker room, as he was ejected by St. Laurent.TSN, the network covering the game for the Jets, showed St. Laurent looking at the bench. Another shot showed what appeared to be him laughing about something; this gave the commentators the impression that the laughter stemmed from him ejecting Maurice. Said Maurice after the game: “I would say that would then have been consistent with their overall demeanor regarding the incident.” (Source, Wikipedia)
We get it, we’re just the little hiccup on the prairies…who are we to expect fair treatment from the referees.
It’s freakin time that somebody in the Winnipeg Jets organization stand up and say something, do something about this. We as fans pay hundreds of dollars for tickets to see a fairly called game by the referees. This is a bias against the Winnipeg Jets by NHL referees.
In case you haven’t heard this is the last few minutes Mr. Referee:
REF YOU SUCK!! REF YOU SUCK!! REF YOU SUCK!!